Quarantine Guidelines 12/4/2020

Effective immediately, Sacred Heart will be implementing the following changes to quarantine rules recently released by CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health.

The CDC now recommends a 10 day quarantine for individuals exposed to COVID. This replaces the former recommendation of 14 days.

The quarantine period may be shortened to as little as 7 days with a negative test under the following conditions:
**The negative test cannot be collected more than 2 days prior to the quarantine end date. ▪ Example – if the quarantine end date is 7 days, the test must be collected at least 5 days after the exposure.
**No symptoms of COVID have been observed at any point during the quarantine period.
**Monitoring for symptoms need to continue through Day 14 and the person should isolate immediately if symptoms develop.
**No quarantine period can be less than 7 days.

Anyone currently in quarantine for 14 days due to previous exposure, may apply this new guidance to their current situation and implement this new guidance immediately.

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Sacred Heart requires students PK-6th grade to wear facemasks only.  By eliminating face shields, we are immediately taking them out of the equation when it comes to tracking close contacts and if they need to quarantine or not.


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